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Ten years ago, Jared Leonard was an equity options trader. The money was good but, after looking at one too many charts and graphs one day, Leonard started to think about what in life there was that he enjoyed more. He thought about that fact …

10 homemade natural beauty and spa treatments found right in your kitchen


Forever searching for the Fountain of Youth, many people may find themselves spending hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on beauty products, salons and spa treatments each year hoping to achieve the latest and greatest skin, hair and body. 30 BEST GIFTS FOR KIDS You'd be …

Chicago legal aid agency raises more than $18,800 in online donations on #GivingTuesday


At 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, LAF kicked off its campaign for #GivingTuesday, a national day of action to celebrate charitable giving and giving back. LAF planned a collective action for #GivingTuesday and asked its staff, board of directors and Young Professionals Board to …

Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign fights for tenants' moral rights


The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign was born out almost out of necessity, according to founder and chair J.R. Fleming. In 2009, Chicago - as was much of the nation - was bearing the brunt of the home foreclosure crisis. More and more people were evicted as …

27th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman's Conference


Since the WBDC was established in 1986 as the nation’s first women’s small business assistance center, it has become known as the standard-bearer in a movement that has empowered women’s business ownership. To date, the WBDC has helped more than 70,000 women start and expand …

Schedule of Events


Thursday, September 26, 2013 7:30 a.m. Registration Opens (Hall D2) 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. 27th Annual Women’s Forum Breakfast: The State of Women’s Business Development (Lakeside Ballroom, E354) Featuring Moderator Terry Savage 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. Women’s Business &  Buyers Mart (Hall D2) 9:45 …



The average median income when the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) started in 1986 was $24,900. Women earned 64.2 percent as much as their male counterparts. Think of it this way: every time a man received an A+ in class, a woman earned a D …

2013 Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference Co-Chairs


Carolynn Brooks, Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, OfficeMax, President,  OfficeMax Charitable Foundation As Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for OfficeMax, Carolynn Brooks is responsible for the strategic direction of all initiatives designed to create a diverse workforce and promote inclusive practices to achieve the …

27th Annual Women’s Forum Breakfast


Thursday, September 26, 2013 8 – 9:30 a.m., McCormick Place, Lakeside Ballroom, E354 The year 2013 marks a significant change for the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) as the co-founders step aside as co-presidents and new leadership step in to guide its future. Because of …

27th Annual Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon


Thursday, September 26, noon McCormick Place, Lakeside Ballroom, E354 Each year, the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) recognizes several outstanding women entrepreneurs who have demonstrated unequaled success, perseverance and creativity in their enterprises. The WBDC also recognizes advocates who have demonstrated an enthusiastic commitment to …

Conference Workshops

Launching Your Own Business: From Dream to Reality (Workshop for start-ups) Are you ready to turn your dream of business ownership into reality? Before you do, attend this participant-led session featuring various entrepreneurial experts ready to share their knowledge. This stimulating, interactive session, designed by …

2013 Sponsor Acknowledgements

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) extends its gratitude to the following entities for their commitment, consistent generosity and support to ensure the success of the 27th Annual Entrepreneurial Woman’s Conference. Without them, this conference would not be possible. *Companies listed are those committed as …

8 local dog-friendly beaches


Read more on bringing your dog to Belmont Harbor, Chicago; Centennial Beach, Winnetka; Evanston Dog Beach, Evanston; Gillson Park, Wilmette; Montrose Beach, Chicago; Moraine Dog Park and Beach, Highland Park; Porter, Lake Michigan: Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; and Sunrise Park & Beach, Lake Bluff

Tail Waggin' Fun: Chicagoland restaurants that welcome Fido


Many Chicagoland and suburban eateries are fostering canine-friendly environments that cater to both bipedal and four-legged patrons. Check out these ruff and ready establishments that have gone to the dogs.

Top 10 exotic pets


No. 10: The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. This large bugger is entertaining in its hissing abilities and oddly cute. It bears live offspring. Manly hissers are most attractive to females, and females rarely hiss. Male Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are distinguished by their horns and are more …

Hot dog, cool cat: Summertime pet care


The 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association reported that 72.9 million American households take in pets. If you live in one of these homes, these tips will help keep your pets healthy and happy all summer long. Heat hazards  “Pets …

Umphrey's McGee hosts eclectic mix of music, sports in UMBowl 


On Saturday, April 27, Umphrey's McGee will hold its fourth annual UM Bowl (that's pronounced "um-bowl") at the Park West. As with most of the band's shows, their latest stop in Chicago sold out quickly. The band's UMBowl is, just like a football game, is …

Chicago’s Green Exchange host Earth Day celebration


Chicago’s Green Exchange, an environmentally sustainable building that is home to more than 20 eco-friendly businesses, is hosting a 2013 Earth Day celebration! On Monday, April 22 from 5-9 p.m., the Green Exchange (2545 W. Diversey Ave.) will host a series of workshops with various …

Green Exchange devoted to advancing sustainable marketplace


The Green Exchange, a retail and office space in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago devoted to green business, has passed the one-year mark of being open. Today, it’s a place where businesses can live green and prosper.